Hip injuries are painful and may limit your ability to walk and perform simple work tasks such as prolonged sitting, standing and lifting. Hip injuries may not be the most common Workers' Comp. injuries, but they can affect your ability to work and your quality of life. Hip injuries at work are often caused by overuse or repetitive stress from work activities. It may also be the result of a combination of a pre-existing condition plus the stress of work activities. If you injured your hip at the workplace, you may be entitled to Workers' Comp. benefits under Iowa law.
Hip injury is considered an “industrial disability.” If it is determined that the injury has resulted in some level of permanent disability, the amount of compensation you would receive is based on how the injury affects your ability to work and earn a living in the future. The factors that determine your industrial disability include impairment rating, worker's age, intelligence, education, qualifications, experience, the effect of the injury on the worker's abilities, the inability to engage in employment for which the employee is fitted, and past work history. The calculation of how much the injury affects your ability to work and how much you should receive can become very complex.
Ultimately, there is a determination of how the injury affects your ability to work in percentage terms. For example, if you lose 50 percent of your ability to work, you would be entitled to 50 percent of 500 weeks (amount set by law) or 250 weeks of workers’ compensation benefits for the injury.
It is important that you tell your employer as soon as possible when you sustain a work injury to your hip. You may need medical treatment, and you do not want your injury to worsen. Report your injury in writing to your employer within 90 days of the date of the injury. If you miss the deadline, your benefits may be denied. It is advisable to contact a skilled Workers' Comp. attorney to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.